A multi-stakeholder cooperative statistics workshop has taken place in the International Labour Organization (ILO) Office for Turkey on 3 February, 2015 to take stock of the experiences, challenges and good practices of the key cooperative stakeholders on cooperative statistics in Turkey. The representatives of ILO COOP, ILO STATISTICS, Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat), the Ministry of Customs and Trade, the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, the Ministry of Food Agriculture and Livestock, National Cooperative Union of Turkey and various cooperatives have participated in the workshop.
The workshop in Ankara has resulted in the formation of a working group on cooperative statistics and the working group is planned to be coordinated by the Directorate General on Cooperatives of the Ministry of Customs and Trade and technically supported by TurkStat. Further technical support to the working group would be provided from ILO Office for Turkey, ILO STATISTICS and ILO ENT/COOP on a needs basis.
Paragraph 8 of the Recommendation 193 concerning the Promotion of Cooperatives which encourages governments to ensure that national policies “seek to improve national statistics on cooperatives with a view to the formulation and implementation of development policies” was the driving force behind the workshop.
At the 19th International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS) held in Geneva in October 2013, governments, workers’ and employers’ representatives also reaffirmed the importance of having more comprehensive and (internationally) comparable statistics on cooperatives. The ILO was advised by the delegates to carry out further developmental work on the measurement of cooperatives through administrative registers or establishment or household surveys, and to introduce the topic for more in-depth discussion at the forthcoming 20th ICLS scheduled for 2018. In this context, Turkey will become the first pilot country in follow up to the Resolution on statistics on cooperatives that was adopted during the 19th ICLS and the progress of the referred working group will be presented in a workshop in Geneva in late 2015.